Four generations of the same family: Rosa Camfield was born in June of 1913 and died Monday. Since this picture appeared on the popular Facebook page Life of Dad, she received millions of likes and comments from around the world
Hamm originally posted the photo a week before her grandmother’s death after taking her daughter, then 2-week-old Kaylee, to meet her great-grandmother Rosa for the first time.
Rosa had three children, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
‘It was actually the day she was being released in the hospital, so we were hoping that Grandma would get to meet her,’ Hamm said.
Soon after she snapped the photo, it ended up on Life of Dad where it became a massive hit.
‘When I posted it I thought a few of our fans would feel connected to it as I did. Then, within an hour, it was clear that I had underestimated the impact it would have with people as it was shared and liked hundreds of times per minute,’ said Life of Dad founder Patrick Quinn.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the photo had received over 2.5 million likes and nearly 78,000 shares.
‘I think its really sweet,’ Hamm told ABC. ‘My grandma would’ve loved this.’
Like the few who make it to live past 100, Rosa Camfield had a lifetime worth of stories that her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren remember well.
As a young woman: Rosa Camfield pictured above on her graduation from high school in 1931
Rosa’s youngest daughter Lynn Vine, says her mother was born on a fruit farm in Michigan in 1913.
Rosa’s family appears to have been relatively well off before and during the Great Depression.
Her father was the first one in their town to have both a radio and a car, using it to bring locals to their home for nightly entertainment.
‘Grandpa was the one who liked to have new things and he was quite progressive so they always had the first of everything,’ Vine remembers.
Vine says her mother lived in a time when kids still attended school in a one-room schoolhouse where children of all ages were taught by the same teacher.
‘One year she was the only kindergartener the class,’ Vine said.
While Rosa wanted to go to college after school, her dad advised her not to.
‘Her dad didn’t want her to go to college,’ Vine says. ‘He said, “You don’t need to. We have plenty of money.”‘
Rosa went on to marry her first of three husbands in the mid-1930s, a man named Rubin with whom she had all of her three children.
Rosa pictured above with her three children, who she had with her first husband. From left to right: Lee Miles, Rosa Camfield, Raymond Wheaton and Lynn Vine
Rosa is pictured on her 98th birthday three years ago, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Rosa and her 5-year-old great-granddaughter Mackenzie snuggle on her bed last month
Rosa Camfield started off as a farm girl, stayed at home to raise her three children and eventually got her teaching degree to work with 8th graders
While the couple were married, World War II broke out and the couple helped out by spotting planes.
Unfortunately the marriage didn’t last, and the couple divorced after about 15 years.
It was after her divorce that Rosa decided to go back to college – while raising her three children in her 40s – and get her degree in teaching.
She taught 8th Grade at Ludington Public Schools for most of her career – and one year her daughter Vine had her as a teacher.
Rosa married twice more. Her second husband, Mert, died in the mid-1980s and she married for a third time, to her childhood best friend, Lennis Camfield, a few years later.
Rosa and Lennis grew up next door neighbors and they would walk the same half-mile route to school everyday.